Short-Term Rentals

Short-term rental is not defined in the Town of Plympton-Wyoming's Zoning By-law 93 of 2007, but in general terms can be defined as: 
'All or part of a legally established Dwelling that operates or offers a place of temporary residence, lodging or occupancy by way of a rental agreement or similar commercial transaction for a period of less than thirty (30) consecutive nights throughout all or any part of a calendar year.'

Short-term rentals (ie. Airbnb's or VRBO's) are currently not licensed, regulated, or restricted within the Town of Plympton-Wyoming.  The Town will be reviewing policies to see if current regulations should remain, or if restrictions should be placed on short-term rentals. Please refer or subscribe to this webpage for additional information as it becomes available.

 

Short-Term Rental Licensing By-law Discussion

At the February 26th, 2024 Planning Council meeting Council passed a motion directing staff to amend the DRAFT Licensing By-law and to bring it back along with a corresponding Zoning By-law Amendment and Official Plan Amendment at a future public meeting. 

A date has not yet been set for the above noted public meeting. 

Short-Term Rental Licensing By-law DISCUSSION

A report regarding a DRAFT Short-Term Rental Licensing By-law was discussed by Council on Monday, December 11th, 2023 at the Planning Council meeting.

The below noted public meetings will take place before or at the same time the Licensing By-law is considered. 


Short-Term Rental Public Meeting - POSTPONED

TAKE NOTICE that a Statutory Public Meeting will NOT be held on November 27th, 2023, despite a previous notice to that effect that appeared in the November 2nd, 2023 edition of the Independent Newspaper and on this webpage.

The meeting will be proceeding at a future date that has yet to be determined. Notice will be circulated via newspaper, and the Town’s website and Facebook page once a date has been confirmed.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Lisa Smeekens
Planning Technician
lsmeekens@plympton-wyoming.ca

Short-Term Rental Open-Houses

The Town of Plympton-Wyoming held two open-houses on June 20th and July 18th, 2023 to gather residents feedback on the communities needs and wants regarding short-term rentals. The community engagement and feedback from these open houses has been recorded and is available for public viewing below.

The engagement boards from the June 20th, 2023 open-house can be found here.
The engagement boards from the July 18th, 2023 open-house can be found here.

A Special Council meeting will be held on Monday September 25th, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. for Council to direct Planning Staff on short-term rentals. The meeting will be held in the Town Council Chambers located at 546 Niagara Street, Wyoming, Ontario, N0N 1T0. A public meeting will be held at a future date, where the public is invited to speak, provide correspondence and feedback.

Despite not currently regulating short-term rentals, there is general etiquette that all properties are expected to adhere to in Plympton-Wyoming. This includes:

 Parking

Parked vehicles are not permitted in front of driveways, where they block traffic, or on boulevards where no parking signs are present.
  • During business hours, contact Town Staff to submit a parking complaint. The Town can enforce parking infractions through the Traffic and Parking By-law. 
  • If the complaint is after hours or on a weekend/holiday, contact By-law Enforcement
  • If parked vehicles have created a safety concern by blocking traffic, please contact our local Police Detachment at 519-882-1011. Please be mindful that the police may be busy, and may not be able to respond to the call right away.

 Property Tidiness

All properties are expected to be maintained to a reasonable standard. Complaints regarding a properties appearance, such as long grass or clutter, can be made to By-law Enforcement. The Town can enforce the tidiness of a property through the Tidy Yards By-law.

 Mischief / Excessive Noise / Loss of Enjoyment of Property

If a neighbouring property being operated as a short-term rental is causing mischief, making excessive noise or is cause one a loss of enjoyment of their property, contact our local Police Detachment at 519-882-1011. Please be mindful that the police may be busy, and may not be able to respond to the call right away. The Town does not have a noise By-law, therefore the Town cannot intervene/enforce any matters relating to noise. 

Fear for Safety / Harassment / Fire or Other Emergency Situations

If a neighbouring property being operated as a short-term rental is causing someone a fear for their safety, causing harassment, or is creating an emergency situation, seek safety and contact the emergency dispatch by calling 9-1-1.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 Are there additional resources or supports for the neighbouring properties of short-term rentals?
 Yes, companies such as Airbnb and VRBO offer support and complaint channels for neighbouring properties. Reaching out to these companies directly may be helpful in providing additional assistance:
 Who should I contact if I wish to be notified of future meetings that speak to proposed policies or regulations for short-term rentals? 
You can call our office, refer back to this page, or subscribe to this webpage for additional information as it becomes available. 
Who should I contact if issues continue to occur with a neighbouring property being operated as a short-term rental?
If issues continue to occur with a neighbouring property operating as a short-term rental, complaints should be put into writing and can be dropped off at the Town, mailed to the Town, or emailed to the Town. In some instances, Staff can monitor the short-term rental and intervene when there are infractions to a By-law.